Our beloved rare jewel, Margarita Benavidez Pomeroy passed away suddenly at St. Alphonsus in Boise on Tuesday, May 23rd at the age of 80.
Born on December 26th, 1942 she was raised in Chama, New Mexico and was the 7th in line of 12 children (8 sisters, and 3 brothers) to Samuel and Josephine Benavidez. Graduating a year early from high school with high honors, she spread her wings and became a secretary in Tucson, Arizona, Los Angeles, California and then later Pasadena, California where she met the love of her life; Horace Pomeroy and soon after married in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Margarita and her husband; Horace, called Boise their home since 1974 where she was a devoted home maker, mother and campaign manager alongside her husband’s political career as a State Legislator in the Idaho State House of Representatives; District 16, for 14 years. One of her most pleasurable pursuits was going door to door, meeting the voters of District 16 and learning their thoughts on current situations with local families. This was the most fulfilling role alongside her husband throughout their political career. Margarita received a Bachelor in Science degree from Boise State University (Criminal Justice as primary focus) in 1985 then also later received a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1994. She was fluent in Spanish with that being her first language and took pride in volunteer translation work when needed and also was very proud of her Spanish heritage.
Margarita made her life’s purpose and sole devotion to the infinite love for her Creator, family, neighbors and anyone that touched her presence. Her faith carried her throughout her life all the way till the end. She loved her church family, her pastor Mr. Loren Yadon and Mrs. Yadon at New Life Fellowship. A special thanks to Brian Fox, Wally Leonard and church members that gladly did handy work, brought food and built a ramp for the home for easy access with her wheelchair. The prayers she received comforted her more than anything and always spoke of the power of prayer in numbers.
Predeceased by her beloved husband Horace Pomeroy, Margarita is survived by her daughters, Jodie Pomeroy, Emily Locke, and five grandchildren; Cora Woodard, Ethan Locke, Collette Pomeroy, Elijah Locke, and Mary Erickson, sisters; Maxi Torrez, Nancy Benavidez, Jessie Fisher, and Lilly Lopez.
We are for forever grateful for the exceptional care given by St. Luke’s Wound Care, and First Choice Home Health team and all friends and neighbors who were always there to comfort and came to her aide in times of trouble.
Funeral services will be held at Alden Waggoner Funeral Home on Thursday, June 1st, at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow afterward at Dry Creek Cemetery.